By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
One of the few pleasant side effects of a deep recession, like the one from which we are now emerging, is that while grown-ups grapple with reality, a few infants are invariably elected by grumpy voters, giving the rest of us many enjoyable moments watching their antics.
That is what has happened in Virginia, where Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has decided that the state seal, which was good enough for the Founding Fathers and many succeeding generations of Virginians, needs a wardrobe adjustment.
It seems that some bluenose (maybe King Cuccinelli II himself) had a look at the seal (it is on the state flag, hanging in courthouses and public schools across the commonwealth) and noticed that the goddess Virtus, standing astride the body of Tyranny, is draped in a classical fashion that exposes her left breast. Cuccinelli II has decided that his staff cannot wear such a perverse symbol. So his majesty has covered up the errant breast on pins which his aides wear to identify themselves.
God forbid his highness should ever happen to stroll by the Library of Congress, and see the various church and school groups jostling to get their pictures taken at the fountain, where a well-endowed Neptune and his buxom nymphs frolic. He won't be able to sleep for weeks.